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Wolverines coach Don Phillips saw gradual improvement from his troops last week leading up to the scrimmage and it paid off against the Eagles.
“We saw that we made some progress through the first week of camp,” Phillips said. “We had some success moving the ball in the scrimmage and we had some defensive success, too.
“I wanted to see the kids compete and execute. We saw a lot of positives, but we have a lot of work to do. The kids are excited and it was a good showing for the first week.”
Phillips was most pleased with the play up front on the offensive side of the ball.
“I thought the offensive line showed a lot of maturity,” Phillips said. “We did move the ball with some success and the running backs ran hard.
“The linebackers played hard. We do have some work to do with our defensive backfield.”
Ellwood City will continue to focus on all aspects, including special teams.
“We’ll continue to get certain things put in,” Phillips said. “We need to keep working on getting things like special teams efficient for when the opener rolls around.”
The Spartans participated at home against Moniteau and A.C. Valley. Cuba said his team developed well leading up to the scrimmage.
“I thought the scrimmage went well; we made some mistakes,” Cuba said. “We moved along well on the defensive side and we made strides. I was happy with that part.
“Offensively, we made some progress. We made some mistakes on the blocking, but it’s things that can be corrected. I’m pleasantly surprised. I feel better after watching the film.”
Cuba said his team came to play.
“The excitement by the players impressed me and their aggressiveness did, too,” Cuba said. “We’ve been focusing on the tackling and we did much better on that.”
Laurel plans to keep things simple as the second week of practice opens.
“We’ll work on catching the ball and making sure we know who to block,” Cuba said. “Clayton Sharek, Josh Dando, Aaron Vanasco, Antonio Pasquale and Sean Harlan all did a nice job for us Saturday.”